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The kids will love this pizza casserole that is comforting and delicious!

Pizza Casserole

As a food blogger, you’d assume that I’m always on top of everything food – the latest trends, what people want, what is the rage on Pinterest. But the truth of the matter is that even though I’m immersed in all things food for hours every day, I still have no clue most of the time.

I came across a recipe for this pizza casserole, and thought to myself – hey, this sounds good. I bet the kids will love it! Little did I know that a Puffed Up Pizza Casserole has been done about a million times. It’s one of those recipes that people talk about eating as a child years and years ago. And here I had never even heard of it.

Puffed Up Pizza Casserole

But I can tell why this is such a popular dish. While I’m not sure it screams “pizza”, the flavors are all great and it’s a hearty, comforting dish. Most of the recipes that I have come across use canned biscuit dough, but I love that this is made from scratch since I don’t usually have canned biscuits on hand. And I made up my own combination of spices where most recipes call for a spaghetti sauce mix. It really was just as easy to make this from pantry staples than it would have been to use convenience items! Next time I might add in some diced pepperoni to really make it taste like pizza, but we all gobbled this right up!!

If you have pizza loving kids – I’m sure this would be a hit at your house, too!

Puffed Up Pizza Casserole from Scratch

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Puffed Up Pizza Casserole
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The kids will love this pizza casserole that is comforting and delicious!
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 (15-oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon minced dry onion
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned, breaking up as you cook it. Drain, if necessary, and then stir in the tomato sauce. Add the onion, green pepper and water and stir to combine. Add the dry onion, cornstarch, oregano, basil, sugar, salt, garlic powder, and celery salt. Stir to combine, then cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400F.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the milk, butter, oil and eggs and beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the flour, and then beat for 2 more minutes. (The batter will be thin.)
  4. Pour the meat mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Pour the liquid mixture evenly over the top of the meat. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top, followed by the Parmesan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until puffed and golden, about 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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42 Responses to Puffed Up Pizza Casserole

  1. Absolutely LOVING this!! Pizza is one of the best things in the world and this is such a comforting version, can’t wait to make this, it’s miserable and raining outside so I could do with a big plate!

  2. Tieghan says:

    WOW. This looks so amazingly delicious!! Prefect meal for a family..or just me!

  3. YUM! My husband LOVES pizza and could have it every day. I, on the other hand, could not. This is a great spin on the traditional pizza. I gotta try this!

  4. Liz says:

    Thank you for the nice recipe.

  5. Geez I never heard of puffed up pizza before either. So I appreciate the recipe. I pinned it. It looks delicious. There is no doubt that it would be a crowd pleaser especially at a pot luck.

  6. Lori says:

    I made a version of this yesterday, it was great! I used sweet sausage with a little of hot mixed in, and added more mozzarella cheese.

  7. Joanne says:

    Don’t feel bad, because I’ve never heard of this either! not sure how in all its cheesy glory. Wow. Comfort heaven.

  8. z says:

    I’m a single guy who doesn’t cook very often but I would like to try this. I’m also very low on cash so I was wondering if the batter can wired whisked instead of beaten.

  9. Kathleen says:

    Do you think puff pastry sheet could be substitued for the dough?

    • Deborah says:

      I haven’t tried it, so I’m not sure, but I would think so. It would change the end recipe a bit, but I love puff pastry so I’m guessing it would be delicious!

  10. Jennifer Gober says:

    I know this is probably being lazy but in a time crunch could you use a good jar of spaghetti sauce? I usually doctor it up anyway but I was worried because of the cornstarch in the recipe it might not work.

    • Deborah says:

      You definitely could!! The spice mixture (including the cornstarch) is actually just a sub for dry packaged spaghetti sauce mix, but since I never keep those on hand I just used spices I had. But you could definitely use jarred sauce!

  11. Chels R. says:

    I would almost make this tonight, but I don’t have all the beef on hand. This looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try this.

  12. jae says:

    The batter looks like it’s on the bottom from the pics but your directions say pour it on to of the meat mixture. So will the batter seep thru the meat mixture or will it stay on to under the cheese?

    • Deborah says:

      It mostly stays on top of the meat. Some of it might get in with the meat mixture, but it mostly is on top.

  13. michele says:

    Can you double this recipe?

    • Deborah says:

      You shouldn’t have a problem doubling it. You’ll probably need 2 pans, though, because I’m guessing you don’t have one that is big enough to put it all in one pan.

  14. Peggy says:

    I’ve never heard of it either! Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Jolene Beard says:

    No baking powder in the top crust? Mine is baking right now so it won’t help me, but would like to know.

  16. julie says:

    This reminds me of a hamburger helper pizza bake recipe from my childhood. While I wouldn’t serve HH, I loved it as a kid and I’ve always wanted a sub recipe for it. Thanks!

  17. Alaina Bennett says:

    YUMMY!!!! This was a hit! And there are so many things you can add to change it up if you want (olives, mushrooms, etc.). My husband put red pepper flakes on his. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. EL-Mare says:

    Can I substitute flour with anything else non floury?

    • Deborah says:

      Hmmm, I’m not sure of a substitute for the flour. It’s a main ingredient, so I don’t think you could get away with leaving it out.

  19. Lsally says:

    I hope to make this real sOon. Can u tell me if I can freeze this?

  20. Joni says:

    I used a can of pizza sauce – delicious!

  21. emmi says:

    Planning to make this tomorrow…yummy! Just to confirm, based on earlier comments…if I sub a jar of pizza sauce, I should leave out the cornstarch and seasonings? Thanks!

    • Deborah says:

      I haven’t tried it personally with the pizza sauce, but others have had great results! And yep – your pizza sauce probably has the seasonings in it so you won’t need them unless you want some extra flavor.

  22. Gayathri Nagesh says:

    Im a vegan. What can I substitute for beef? This dish sounds so yummy

    • Deborah says:

      Hi – I don’t make a lot of vegan food – especially substituting in vegan ingredients – so I’m not quite sure. It might be a stretch to make this vegan, though, since the beef, eggs and cheese are all pretty important in the recipe. Let me know if you are able to make it work!

  23. Josette Grima says:

    It was a hit with my family, I used diced chicken instead of beef cos that was what I had available but………..the quantity wasn’t enough for 4 of us!!! So watch out anyone who tries this! You might want to add the quantity.

  24. Dawn Maycroft says:

    I can’t wait to try this. I was just wondering if the crust is doughie as in not cooked or under cooked.

  25. Lisa M. says:

    WOW, was this good! Everyone loved it…even my 16-month old. Really easy, too. And there are all kinds of things you could mix in (veggies, etc). A keeper for sure!

  26. Jamie says:

    LOVED the meat sauce… My crust let me down though 🙁 I linked back to you on my blog, https://duhlouisegirls.wordpress.com/ …. I’ll be trying again!

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